Easy DIY Ways To Unclog A Drain
Half way through a shower and your feet are totally submerged? Can’t rinse dishes because the sink is filling up with water? Wherever your clog is, we have seen them all. Before you run and call a plumber, go through these at-home easy DIY tricks for unclogging a drain. Bonus, it will save you a lot of coin.
DIY Tip #1: Boiling Water
First, attempt to clear the clog with the most simple, tried and true method there is: boiling water. Pull out your biggest pot and fill it up with a good amount of water and bring it to a roaring boil. Now, instead of throwing in pasta like you usually do, pour it down the drain in 3-4 segments, allowing the water to drain slowly in between each pour. This method is great for drains that you have noticed are draining slower, but aren’t 100% clogged. It’s also a good preventative measure as this will help prevent a total clog from happening in the near future.
DIY Tip #2: The Plunger Method
Next, if the boiling water doesn’t do the trick, try using a plunger on the drain. A normal cup plunger that you would use for a stopped toilet usually work well. Try and seal any other drains connected (for instance a split sink) or overflow holes to create an airtight suction with your plunger and… go to town! Just remember to clean your sink afterwards with soap or a disinfectant.
DIY Tip #3: The Chemical Reaction
If scalding hot water or the ease of a plunger doesn’t do the trick, it is time to call in science. Chances are you have probably heard of the vinegar and baking soda being used together; harnessing that chemical reaction can be a great tool for cutting through drain crud and clearing up even the nastiest of clogs. Pour roughly one cup of baking soda down the drain, then pour one cup of vinegar down the drain and put the stopper in; this will force the chemical reaction down, toward the clog, instead of up at you.
DIY Tip #4: The Hanger
Finally, a wire hanger can be surprisingly effective, particularly for shower drains where hair is the culprit of a clog. Take a standard wire hanger you would find in a closet, straighten it out, and then 3 inches from one end bend the wire back, creating a hook. Stick the wire hanger down into the drain as far as it will go. Move it up and down, trying to loosen the clogged hair before finally pulling it all the way out.
If you just can’t seem to get anything drain properly after these tried and true methods, then the clog may be so far down in the pipes that you need to call a professional. Yes, it stinks, but it happens to everyone and that’s why handymen like Handy-Matt exist! Call if you need help unclogging a drain. It’s usually not too expensive and can be done relatively quickly!